While doing soutache embroidery, be careful to run through the soutache braid just in the groove
Pick up 44 Toho beads with golden coating (size 15). Pull them to the middle of the thread and make a knot. Start beading using Fig. 1A as a guide. Run through the last row of beads for several times and pull the thread tightly. Put a rivoli inside the circle and continue beading with the other end of the thread (Fig. 2). Run through the last row of beads for several times and pull the thread tightly again.
Now bring the thread back to the basic row of beads and work a row of size 11 light brown Toho beads. Fix thread BUT DO NOT CUT OFF.
Continue beading (Fig. 2) and make pendants in the lower part of the beaded rivolis. Fix earring findings at the top of the rivolis.
Put your cabochon onto a piece of backing and mark its contour. Fix a brooch pin to the backing, sewing over the edges of each pin hole. Now we are going to glue the cabochon onto the top side. To know the right place for it, transfer the back side contour to the top side using pins. Run a few pins through the backing along the contour. The pin points will show you the place where to glue your cabochon. Let the glue dry and trim the excess backing, leaving 2mm around the cabochon.
Put the glued cabochon to the back side of leather and contour it. Trim the excess leather off, leaving 1mm free space around it.
Neatly cut off the frayed soutache ends and melt them with a cigarette lighter.
Cut one length of yellow soutache braid so that it is just a little bit longer than half of the cabochon perimeter. Cut a rather long piece of blue soutache braid. Match their middles and fix them together as shown in the Pic. 1. Sew a green bead in the middle of the soutache braids and weave it with seed beads. A tip: It is important to run through the soutache groove.
Now take your cabochon and start sewing the fixed soutache lengths around it, running the needle through the backing. Fix the two soutache ends together putting a bead between them. Start embroidering the pattern (Pic. 2). Work with one soutache end first, and then repeat the same with the other one in the mirror image. Having finished, cut off the soutache ends, melt them carefully with a cigarette lighter and hide them away.
Fix a thread at the bottom of the soutache loop and start beading (Pic. 3).
Attach a decorative leaf to the lower part of the brooch and fix a beaded rivoli atop it.
Take a pencil and mark the pin ends onto the back side of the leather. Cut small holes on the marked places. Put the pin ends through the holes: open the pin, pull the leather onto it and close the pin. Now put some glue onto the back side of the leather. It will be easier if you fold the leather first. Glue the leather to the brooch. Press it and smooth the leather all around the back side. The brooch is ready!
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